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    African non-state ethnic networks: Social capital or social liability?

    Patience Kabamba

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    cc Pz
    Examples of non-state structures and social networks that carry out political and economic tasks in DRC and Nigeria, in the absence of an effective state, suggest a more diverse and inclusive concept of shared power in African societies that goes beyond the simplistic Western conceptions of a rational state with the monopoly of power

    Cirque d’Afrique: 2014 U.S-Africa leaders’ summit

    Alemayehu G. Mariam

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    cc GBM
    The guest list of African ‘leaders’ and ‘partners’ attending the summit in Washington this week includes some of the 21st century’s worst criminals against humanity, killers, torturers, con men and scammers in designer suits and sunshades. The meeting will change nothing about Africa

    Obama summons Africa to Washington to talk trade (and how to cut out China)

    Glen Ford

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    cc PC
    The summit in Washington was supposed to be about trade, but it’s not. US imperialism does not sustain itself by competitive trade, but by force of arms. The real objective was to ensure that mutually beneficial African trade with China and Brazil results in no shift in African nations’ political orientation away from the US

    China’s foreign aid: How big is it and what is its aim?

    Luo Jianbo and Zhang Xiaomin

    2014-08-06, Issue 690

    cc MU
    China has greatly increased its foreign aid to developing countries in the recent years. On one hand China hopes to promote bilateral relations with recipient countries to enhance economic and trade cooperation; on the other the fast rising nation is shouldering its international responsibilities and promoting poverty reduction.

    Reconstruction or Haiti’s latest disaster?

    Tourism development on Île-à-Vache Island

    Jessica Hsu and Jean Claudy Aristil

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    cc PZ
    Community members are resisting a massive tourism project being undertaken by the government on Haiti’s beaches. It will likely cause displacement of people, forced migration to the overcrowded capital in search of work, loss of food production in a hungry nation, further economic impoverishment and environmental and cultural degradation

    BRICS Bank challenges the exorbitant privilege of the US dollar

    Horace G. Campbell

    2014-07-29, Issue 689

    cc IBT
    Over 65 percent of the world’s nations keep their foreign exchange reserves in the US dollar, the dominant world currency. The creation of the BRICS Bank and other financial interventions will likely weaken the dollar’s dominance and contribute to the creation a new international economic order

    In Fortaleza, BRICS became co-dependent upon eco-financial imperialism

    Patrick Bond

    2014-07-29, Issue 689

    cc BS
    There is nothing to celebrate about the new financial architecture unveiled by the BRICS as an alternative to capitalist dominance. In fact the BRICS are happy enablers of Western capitalism and its destructive excesses

    Kenya is ripe for the people's revolution

    Henry Makori

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    cc SL
    A small elite owns the bulk of the land and wealth of Kenya while the majority suffocates under an oppressive system that condemns them to poverty and hardship. Only the people’s revolution can turn the tide to ensure everyone gets a share of the pie

    Boko Haram born of poverty and elite politics

    Paul Jay

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    cc AV
    Boko Haram represents two contradictory developments in Nigeria. One, it is a reflection of the level of poverty, disillusionment and discontent in the region where Boko Haram have their base. Two, it's also a reflection of elite politics played with the mask of ethnicity and religion

    Witness to an international crime: Israeli state terrorism in Gaza

    Ajamu Baraka

    2014-07-31, Issue 689

    cc WB
    The inverted reality presented by the US corporate media of the 1.7 million captive and largely defenceless Palestinians in Gaza as vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel fails to recognise the nature of the relationship between Israel and Palestine. What we are witnessing is the systematic eradication of a colonised people – an international crime

    GMOs and food sovereignty: Which way Africa?

    Henry Makori

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc PHYS
    African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts

    GMOs: Fooling or feeding the world for 20 years?


    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc NFC
    Myths and outright lies about the alleged benefits of genetically engineered crops (GE crops or GMOs) persist only because the multinationals that profit from them have put so much effort into spreading them around.

    The GMO debate: What to consider

    Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc PSM
    The debate around Genetically Modified Organisms has been characterized by lack of information and understanding of the complexities around biotechnology. Any state must undertake careful consideration about potential benefits and risks before deciding to introduce GMOs into the country.

    Why Zimbabwe should continue to say 'No' to genetically engineered crops and food

    John Wilson

    2014-07-23, Issue 688

    cc TR
    GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

    Further issues to consider in deciding whether to introduce GE crops and food

    John Wilson

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc TDM
    In addition to questions of human health, environmental impact and corporate control over the food value chain, there are a number of other issues which must be addressed as part of the debate around genetically engineered crops and food.

    Fine print of the food wars

    Vandana Shiva

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc FLKR
    Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.

    Climate change, foreign assistance and food sovereignty in Ghana

    Joeva Rock

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc TG
    The debate in Ghana over the cultivation of genetically modified seeds provided by international aid agencies demonstrates that foreign aid often comes with an agenda determined by foreign financial and political backers, not by the end-users of the assistance.

    Not on our plates! Why Nigeria does not need GM food

    Juan Lopez, Mariann Orovwuje and Nnimmo Bassey

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc NTA
    A new propaganda effort to convince Africans is vigorously pursued by corporations and the development industry trying to convince us that we need genetic engineering to overcome malnutrition and food shortages.

    Ban all GM foods in Ghana!

    Food Sovereignty Ghana

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc VG
    Food Sovereignty Ghana calls for an indefinite Moratorium or ban on the propagation, cultivation, raising, and growing of Genetically Modified Organisms in Ghana.

    Ghana: Halt the passage of the Plant Breeders’ Bill! - Religious bodies

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc FPD
    The religious organisations insist that Ghana’s dwindling food production cannot be attributed to our non-usage of GMO technologies but due to poor access roads to farms, lack of credit, unavailability of ready market, lack of storage facilities and agricultural processing

    GMO/hybrid seeds: Inviting cancer to our land, passing a death sentence on Nigerians: A response

    Abdallah el-Kurebe

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc GLP
    In a response to Mr Rhodes-Vivour’s article on the danger posed by GMOs to the Nigerian population, El-Kurebe now contends that such crusades by a misinformed and ignorant minority are denying the majority of the population the real benefits of genetically modified organisms.

    Why Uganda needs GMOs

    Michael J Ssali

    2014-07-23, Issue 688

    cc PZ
    On account of population pressures and diseases that are affecting Uganda’s coffee, maize, banana and cassava production, GMOs are necessary to address the food insecurity and hidden hunger in the country

    GM: good crop/bad crop

    Ivo Vegter

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc IN
    IThe conservative views of international agencies and rich-world environmentalists are denying Africa access to technology that could improve its own food security, and is transforming agriculture elsewhere in the developing world

    Biometric smart ID cards: Dumb idea

    Jane Duncan

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc MSN
    Countries in the South have jumped on the biometric bandwagon, including South Africa, in spite of the many red flags about the technology. Citizens need to be aware that the ID cards allow governments to carry out surveillance of people considered to be a threat to the interests of the ruling classes

    The BRICS: A response to Yash Tandon

    Mike Davies

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc Wiki
    In the Pambazuka special edition on “Revisiting the sub-imperialist BRICS,” Patrick Bond and other writers were critical of the role of BRICS . Later Yash Tandon wrote a rejoinder to such BRICS bashing. Below is a piece that calls progressive forces to address the agency of local elites in colluding with capitalism and imperialism and oppose both global imperialism and local tyranny

    Inside or outside?

    The perpetual dilemma of what constitutes the best interests for children with mothers in prison

    Irene Sithole

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc NR
    Should little children be allowed to stay with their mothers in prison or they should be separated? This is a difficult question, but there are some suggestions on what should be done for the best interests of the child

    Afro-Uruguay: A brief history

    George Reid Andrews

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc WWC
    Afro-Uruguayans have contributed to the construction of Uruguay as a consequence of enslavement. They have set up important organisations such as Mundo Afro to lobby the national government to recognise its black minority as an equal member of the national community

    Namibia's gender zebra

    Alexander O'Riordan

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc LM
    In a commitment to gender equity Namibia’s government will introduce a new system to achieve 50 percent representation of women in leadership positions. Will it really change the socio-economic, political structures and mind-set in the country?

    A dream deferred

    Kristen McTighe

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc SAT
    The post-revolution governments in Egypt have done little to appease a disgruntled, restless and marginalised youth. The youth spearheaded the revolt that toppled the Mubarak dictatorship, but a largely ageing elite is still at the helm.

    Human rights and wrongs: Demonising homosexuality in Ethiopia

    Elissa Jobson

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc HT
    Young gay men are taking refuge online as their lives become increasingly difficult in this deeply conservative country

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